Mastering Rooney Mara’s summer fringe

Behold, the look that started it all:?Rooney Mara’s razor-sharp, super-cropped bangs.

“Cutting in fringe is a great way to change up your look dramatically without chopping all your hair off,” says  Los Angeles-based hairstylist John Ruggiero, who has worked wonders on the locks of Elizabeth Olsen and Gisele Bundchen.  He talks us through how to keep bangs looking cool and fresh as the weather heats up.

1. Go bold    
It’s been a little while since “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” hit theaters, but Rooney Mara’s hair is just beginning to take off as a trend (as witnessed by all of the blunt-cut bangs in last month’s runway shows). Let’s be honest, though: A major part of the  appeal is her attitude. “The best way to pull off a really cool fringe like Rooney Mara’s is to have that effortless confidence. I’m seeing a lot of different fringe styles right now — straight, wavy, long, short, super-short — but it’s all about figuring out which look works best for you and owning it.”

2. Pick your products wisely    
Yes, you want your hair to look great, but you don’t want to cause forehead breakouts under your bangs. “Always go for a product that is lightweight and that will protect your hair against heat and humidity. Something like Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry cream will work best. And maybe add a light holding spray at the end,”?Ruggiero adds.

3. Maximize one cut    
Turn the most annoying part about wearing bangs — the fast grow-out — into an opportunity to play around with your ‘do. “Cut your fringe really short and then let it grow out, getting a trim every four to six weeks,” he says. That way you can go supershort one week, and longer and sideswept the next.

What to use

Hair products to keep your fringe under control:
   

1. Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry, $28,  www.bumbleandbumble.com
   

2. Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray, $38, www.oribe.com
   

3. Frederic Fekkai Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream, $25, www.fekkai.com


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